ATP, WTA, ITF will randomly test for EPO
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Starting next month, tennis players must take random drug tests to check for the banned endurance-enhancing substance EPO.
The plan to test for EPO -- short for erythropoieten -- was presented to players at Wimbledon this year.
EPO, which raises the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, is the drug of choice in such sports as cycling and cross-country skiing.
Players will be reminded of the testing at a meeting in Melbourne on January 11, two days before the start of the 2003 Australian Open.
A positive test for EPO would result in a two-year suspension, while a second offense would result in a lifetime ban from the sport.
Players are already tested for recreational drugs and steroids by the ATP, WTA Tour, and ITF, which oversees the Grand Slam events, as well as the Davis Cup and Fed Cup.
I think that Lance hay have learned how to get by this test.